I've been working on a my "new" hatch and have run into a problem with replacing my driver's side front cv shaft.
Mine was TOAST, no wonder it was making that horrible chattering sound.
I ordered a new production oem style shaft from Autozone, and hoped that what would come up would be the right length.
Nope, later I found out it was a 27 and 5/16" (compressed) long shaft. Not only was it too long, but the metal "head" right behind the wheel/hub side spindle was too fat to fit the suspension assembly.
~~~ 27-5/16" new oem style shaft too long and too wide on the spindle "head"
Next one ordered, 27 and 1/4" this one looked like the one I pulled off the Soob (same aftermarket style head). The "head" wasn't as fat either, but again, it was about half an inch too long for the lower ball-joint to fit into it's bracket.
-Something I noticed was that if I mated the engine side of the shaft and slid it as far in as it would go (preventing me from pinning it in place), it still need < half an inch to properly fit the ball joint.
~~~27-1/4" new oem style shaft still about half an inch too long to fit the suspension assembly properly.
I've orderd my last option from Autozone (and they dropped the price for me thankfully), and the system checks it in as having a 25-3/4" compressed length. I've got the part already and I fear this one will be too short.
~~~Going to try a 25-3/4" cv shaft today, fear it's too short even if it bolts on.
On the forum, someone pointed me toward Rock-auto for the "shorter" EMPI cv shaft listed for my car.
That one has a 27-1/4" compressed length, I'm guessing the shoddy build of the New OEM style 27-1/4" shaft is to blame?
What's the compressed length for the GL hatch front (driver's side) CV shaft? Has anyone ever experienced this same issue before?
Thanks in advance!
Edited by SnatchedHatch, 27 October 2013 - 01:09 PM.